Buhari’s Appointment of Dead Man: Ebonyi APC Takes ResponsibilityFeatured, Latest News, News Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared the air on the alleged appointment of a ‘dead’ man from Ebonyi as member of the Federal Character Commission (FCC).
The party made the clarification at a news conference on Wednesday in Abakaliki by Mr Eze Nwachukwu, the Ebonyi Chairman of the party.
This followed speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed the late Chief Tobias Okwuru into the FCC even when it was clear that he died early this year.
But Nwachukwu explained that Chief Tobias Okwuru was hale and hearty at the time he was nominated for the position by Mr President.
Mwachukwu said that the nominee unfortunately passed on in February between the period he was awaiting to be screened and confirmed by the Senate.
His words: “What happened is that in-between his nomination and letter conveying his nomination to the Senate, Okwuru painfully and sadly answered the ultimate call.
“We accept responsibility and take the blame because as a party we are supposed to have written the national leadership of our party and the Presidency informing them on the demise of Chief Okwuru as a ranking party member.
“But unfortunately, the family has not made the death official and has not commenced burial arrangements before the Coronavirus pandemic that led to lockdown, ban on burial and other social gatherings.
“So, it is the responsibility of the party to put the record straight and that is why we are using this medium to correct the erroneous impression.
“It is the fault of the party in Ebonyi for not informing relevant authorities on the death and we accept full responsibility whole-heatedly even though it is not intentional or deliberate.”
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